Europe reported 96,996 new cases on Thursday, the highest total for the region ever recorded by the WHO. Global deaths rose by 5,514 to a total of 1.05 million.
The previous WHO record for new cases was 330,340 on October 2nd. The agency reported a record 12,393 deaths on April 17th.
India reported 78,524 new cases, followed by Brazil at 41,906 and the United States with 38,904 new infections, according to the WHO, whose data lags the daily reports by each country.
Infections in the United Kingdom have reached record levels with over 17,000 new cases reported on Thursday.
France’s new daily Covid-19 infections remained above the record 18,000 threshold for the second day on Thursday with new measures to curb the outbreak expected.
While India still leads in the globe in most new cases reported per day, new infections are down 20 per cent from its peak.
In the United States, which has the largest total number of cases and deaths in the world, new infections are edging higher along with the most hospitalised Covid-19 patients since early September.
Russia’s daily coronavirus cases surged to an all-time high on Friday, with authorities reporting 12,126 new infections, pushing the overall total to 1,272,238.
Officials said 201 people had died in the last 24 hours, taking the official death toll to 22,257. Russia’s record daily rise before Friday was 11,656 cases on May 11th.